By way of background, opening thoughts: You'll find plenty of Mollydooker reviews across the Spirit of Wine pages. I've held no punches in expressing my admiration for the work Sarah and Sparky Marquis and the whole team at Mollydooker perform. Today we'll sample the most recent vintage of The Boxer, the "entry level" pure shiraz offering from Mollydooker. You can see our past postings that reference Mollydooker The Boxer here.
Original tasting and review : This is Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, Australia, 2012, finished at a characteristically high 16.% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep ruddy magenta/purple, opaque from a half inch in from the edge.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, bold, creamy plum fruit with yeasty cinnamon. From the aroma, seems like this will be sleek and powerful, with more brightness than I'm accustomed to with Boxer's that have seen a few more years of age.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact an explosion of both creamy and bright black fruit; powerful, almost port like, showing deep grip and high-flying brightness. Bold black plums crawl into your cheeks. Less eucalyptus apparent than noted in earlier vintages.
In summary: Overall, remains a perennial best value, rating four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Lovers of really big reds are missing something very special if they haven't yet experienced The Boxer - why are you waiting?
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